Body, Mime and Soul

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A book review of Body, Mime and Soul: When Actions Speak Louder Than Words by Ken Alcorn

A book review of Body, Mime and Soul: When Actions Speak Louder Than Words by Ken AlcornStars: ****

Covenant Books (2019)
263 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Delve into the life of a man who did not speak for a career, but who found his voice in the middle of an empty stage, on the pages of notebooks, within the harmonies of a piano, the lines of poetry and lyrics, paint on canvases, and voice-overs for national radio. Alcorn postponed those particular self expressions, to redirect creative energies into guiding his children into finding their own unique voices. Sometimes pretty tough love.
Read the humorous and poignant stories of this godly husband to a brilliant surgeon who, as mime and actor turned full time father recounts the winding journey from the spotlight to diapers and beyond. Where did this fully committed decision lead him in almost three decades that has yet to see its final glory? You will be inspired to walk the same paths with Ken Alcorn.
His finest review?
Four voices that say, “I love you, Dad!”
Leaving him absolutely speechless.

Body, Mime and Soul

This book is like a split memoir. Half of it is about being a mime while the other half is about being a stay at home dad. Except the halves are mixed up. It starts off all about being a mime, than talks about his transition to being a stay at home dad and finally talks about both.

Although I would normally say that miming doesn’t interest me, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it is way more involved than I thought it was. Being a mime isn’t all just being in a box. He described some of his shows and it sounded interesting enough that I’d love to go to one.

The book is full of quotes from different people into the arts as well as a set of black and white photos of Ken, his miming and his family. This book would be of interest to anyone interested in miming or in what it’s like to switch from a career to being a stay at home dad.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.